If you’re looking for a pocket rocket to touring, there’s no better choice than the Honda Civic Type R. It’s practical, fast, and one of the best front-wheel drive cars ever produced. However, the all-new 2022 Toyota GR86 is up for play and it’s giving the Civic Type R a run for its money.
Of course, you can’t technically compare these two cars given that one is a five-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback and the other is a two-door, low-coupe, rear-engine coupe. But after driving these two cars for a week in the real world, I can say they both have the same goal in mind. Here is a little comparison.
2021 Honda Civic Type R is more comfortable than Toyota GR86
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Given that these two cars are intended to offer exceptional handling prowess giving the driver an ear-to-ear smile every time, it is strange to compare the level of comfort between the two. However, given the Honda Civic Type R’s five-door design and rear seat room, it’s clearly the more comfortable of the two. There is plenty of head and leg room in the front and adequate space in the back.
These red and black racing-look seats are more supportive and luxurious than you might think. And when it comes to visibility, you won’t have problems looking out from every window. The Toyota GR86, on the other hand, has narrow sight lines from the rear quarter windows and the cabin area feels a little cramped all around. Although not bad for a coupe.
The Honda Civic Type R engine delivers a lot of power, but the GR86 has high acceleration fun
When it comes to the powertrain, it’s hard to choose between these two cars because they are two different animals. Honda Civic’s turbocharged 2.0-liter R-Type delivers plenty of grunt all the way to the redline with plenty of meat in the midrange. Of course, we can thank the turbo for that. The car looks like it has 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
On the other hand, the 2022 Toyota GR86 features a high-speed 2.4-liter engine that relies on the air bestowed by Mother Nature. Even without the help of the turbocharger, the GR86 provides a good amount of torque to drive and pulls the red line hard. It’s not as beefy or fun as the Civic Type R. In this case, I think Honda wins.
Both cars have the same amount of information and entertainment
If you buy any of these cars, you probably don’t care much about infotainment. In fact, since both cars come with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and a decent sound system, that’s pretty much all you need. However, I like the Toyota front the most because it has an adjusting knob and the screen is more responsive. In cars like this, that’s almost all you need.
Both cars handle well, but a little differently
When it comes to handling, both the Civic Type R and GR86 handle very well. There’s a reason the Civic Type R is often described as the “best front-wheel drive car,” it really is. I threw it around the turns on Pike’s Peak and the car was stuck on the road as if it was stuck to it. There was no brush tip like what you find on other front-wheel drive cars and it turned well through turns.
On the other hand, the Toyota GR86 can feel great in cornering, but it will not cause you much trouble. While piloting the narrow valley through the usual test track, I felt confident in his abilities to stick to the trail and didn’t feel like the tail end would spin and punish me like it does in the S2000. As far as maneuverability goes, I have to hand it over to the GR86, but then again, I like rear-wheel drive cars.
Comparison between Toyota GR86 and 2022 Honda Civic Type R
When it came to choosing between these two cars, I would personally choose the Honda Civic Type R. Not only am I a fan of Honda, but objectively speaking, I like the turbocharged engine and the larger interior space. Those seats are very nice too.
That’s not to say the Toyota GR86 isn’t worth its price, though. In fact, every penny is worth considering how much performance it provides. But for anyone shopping between these two cars, it’s really up to you whether you want a rear-wheel drive coupe or a front-wheel hatchback. In the end, they are truly two different breeds that will put a huge smile on your face.
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